KAMPALA – Eng. Monica Azuba the Minister of Works and Transport has confirmed that Uganda Airlines will commence its first commercial flights in August this year.
The country’s national flag carrier had earlier on been scheduled to start commercial flights in July.
However, in a statement to Parliament on why the national airlines has not yet commenced commercial flights, Minister Azuba, said that the Civil Aviation Authority-CAA is yet to issue an Air Operating Certificate to the carrier.
Hon. Azuba also said that the airline expects to receive the certificate on July 28, 2019.
At the moment, the airline is using a provisional certificate for testing the aircrafts and is setting up systems to facilitate bookings, reservations and ticketing among others.
On top of the Air Operating Certificate, she said the airline is expected to secure foreign air operator permits and licenses from destination countries before it can fly.
The Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa asked Azuba to name some of the proposed destinations for the airline so that Ugandans can prepare ahead of the first commercial flight.
Some of the planned destinations according to Hon Azuba include; Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
She said there are plans to fly to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Khartoum, adding that the remaining two CRJ 900 air-crafts will arrive in September.
The first two CRJ 900 Bombardier aircrafts flew into the county on April 23, 2019.
The two planes cost UGX 280billion.